The Los Angeles Times broke the story at the end of May 2001: The Walt Disney Co. is backing a pay-to-play online gaming venture.
Disney’s partner, Skillgames, was supposed to officially launch its web site, Skillgames.com, in 2001 “amid a multimillion-dollar promotional blitz.” This particular project may have evaporated into the vaporweb. www.skillgames.com no longer exists.
But the question remains, is Disney gambling on gambling?
Disney executives say, “No.” A visit to the web site in May 2001 showed they are probably right.
I was able to register as a Skillgames.com user by paying $25 with my credit card. For a few days I was able to sample the games. (Play was suspended when the site went into its “Beta Launch” and never returned.)
Each game cost $1 to play. The prizes ranged from $1 to $500, although it was promised that once in full operation, players might be able to win as much as $1 million.
The details are bound to change. Disney does not have Judi Slot Online experience with gambling and will learn that players who pay $1 to enter a game do not consider a prize of $1 as “winning.”
But the interesting question is how can Disney be thinking about operating games for money at all?
The answer is they plan to offer only games of skill, not of chance. If a game is predominantly skill it is, by definition, not gambling.
The trick is to create a game that is both playable and with …